What is the history of Anfield Football Stadium?

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Anfield Football Stadium is the home of Liverpool Football Club (LFC), located in the iconic city itself. The club first debuted in 1892 and the stadium has a seating capacity of 53,394, exceeding the maximum at every home game.

LFC has a whole host of dedicated fans, so if you’re showing up to a match, don’t forget to get your merchandise to support your favourite player.

Before LFC

The stadium was originally home to Everton Football Club, LFC’s biggest rivals, however, they soon moved out after a dispute over rent.

Before it was developed into a football pitch, Anfield was used as a cricket ground. The land was originally owned by local brewers in the city, including John Houlding, to who the Blues leased the land from for just £100 a year.

New beginnings

After Everton moved out, Houlding was left with a stadium, but with no club to use it. This led him to start his own football club that he could personally run himself.

Liverpool Football Club was born and hosted its first match at Anfield on 1st September 1892, a friendly against Rotherham Town which saw a 7-1 Liverpool victory. The club won their first league match at the ground too, which was witnessed by more than 5,000 people.

Hillsborough disaster

On 15th April 1989, Liverpool fans travelled to Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield to see their club take on Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup semi-final. The running of the event was disastrous and owed to a series of critical errors, resulting in the tragedy unfolding on national television.

The football match saw 96 Liverpool supporters lose their lives due to the poor and terrible organisation of the event. This occurrence led to the Taylor Report, which urged that all stadiums in England be changed to all-seater stadiums within five years.

Following the event, The Kemlyn Road was expanded in 1992 and renamed the Centenary Stand to honour the club’s 100th anniversary. The Kop was converted to all-seated stands in 1994, reducing the overall capacity.

The modern era

There have been many advances at the stadium over the years. In 1957, floodlights were erected and used for the first time against Everton, and in 1963, a new cantilevered stand was built.

When manager Bill Shankly died in 1981, the Shankly Gates were installed and engraved with “You’ll Never Walk Alone” which has long been known as the club’s famous motto.

More recently, the reconstruction of the Main Stand in 2015 increased the stadium’s capacity by 8,500. There is a possible expansion plan in the pipeline, which would lead to a final capacity of 59,000 seats.

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